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Everyone loves coffee, but few realize the many uses it has. Drink it, wear it, paint it, sew it, display it, grow it. #Allthingscoffee
Everyone loves coffee, but few realize the many uses it has. Drink it, wear it, paint it, sew it, display it, grow it. #Allthingscoffee
Everyone loves coffee, but few realize the many uses it has. Drink it, wear it, paint it, sew it, display it, grow it. #Allthingscoffee
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Social entrepreneurship transforming waste materials in the coffee industry into high-demand apparel and home decor products.

Your love of coffee + the world's great need to alleviate poverty = a transformative business opportunity.

Coffee has become far more than just the #1 consumed beverage in the world, it's actually become a culture of its own.  A culture that begins in Countries where coffee is cultivated and exported, leaving behind resources that most coffee drinkers aren't even aware of.  Our burlap products and coffee wood products are just a few examples of this.  Millions of burlap sacks a year that were intended to haul coffee, end up being disposed of and/or burned after rotting in storage facilities beyond their useful shelf life.  Similarly, a coffee tree must be pruned nearly to it's roots every few years in order to maintain it's bush-like form.  The wood that is pruned from these trees is often just burned as firewood.  We have found a way to turn this waste from coffee farming into valuable, high-demand products via upcycling, and with your help we can expand the coffee culture into new realms of creativity...and transform lives along the way.

Burlap coffee sacks ready for export
Burlap coffee sacks ready for export
One of our products that utilizes both coffee sack and coffee wood
One of our products that utilizes both coffee sack and coffee wood
                 
Burlap purse made from upcycled coffee sack
Burlap purse made from upcycled coffee sack
Upcycled coffee wood coasters
Upcycled coffee wood coasters

 WHY NICARAGUA?    

   The city of Masatepe, Nicaragua, exists in the 2nd poorest Country in the Western Hemisphere and has it's unfair share of challenges as a community.  But on the flip side, it also has some tremendous resources. In 2012, my wife and I moved into the city-center of Masatepe in order to integrate ourselves into a community that we saw as having tremendous potential for growth and transformation.  We decided that instead of focusing on global statistics and problems, we would to take an entrepreneurial approach and focus on the opportunities.  Opportunities that involve utilizing local resources, like coffee, and local talent, like our friend Don Beto, in order to create enterprises that bring value to the marketplace, that bring jobs to the community, and more importantly that bring dignity to the talented people who make it all possible. Enterprises that exist not to simply benefit their shareholders, but rather with a core purpose of transforming the community around them.  In 2013, Beto’s Coffee Co. was launched to do just this. 

JOBS & HOPE ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED IN MASATEPE, NICARAGUA
JOBS & HOPE ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED IN MASATEPE, NICARAGUA
BETO'S BISTRO IN 2013 - MASATEPE
BETO'S BISTRO IN 2013 - MASATEPE

WHY COFFEE?

    Beto’s Coffee Co. started two years ago as a small coffee shop in the community of Masatepe, Nicaragua. In our search for the best coffee possible for our customers, we discovered a hidden gem...Burlap Coffee Sacks. A huge surplus of burlap sacks sit in barns and storage facilities left over from the export process of Nicaragua’s #1 commodity, coffee. To us these sacks had as much untapped potential as the coffee they contain. We began to dream of what all could be done with burlap, and other coffee-related resources that were right under our noses here in Nicaragua. And with that simple idea, Beto’s Coffee Company has grown from just a few baristas in a small coffee shop, to now employing nearly 20 people locally.

COFFEE CHERRIES RIPENING ON THE TREE
COFFEE CHERRIES RIPENING ON THE TREE
COFFEE HARVEST - NICARAGUA'S #1 EXPORT
COFFEE HARVEST - NICARAGUA'S #1 EXPORT
DON BETO FLORES - SHOEMAKER
DON BETO FLORES - SHOEMAKER
BURLAP COFFEE SACK - RECYCLED & REPURPOSED
BURLAP COFFEE SACK - RECYCLED & REPURPOSED
DON BETO HANDMAKING A BURLAP BAG ON HIS FOOT-PEDALED SINGER
DON BETO HANDMAKING A BURLAP BAG ON HIS FOOT-PEDALED SINGER
DON BETO - HANDMADE BURLAP TOTE
DON BETO - HANDMADE BURLAP TOTE

WHY KICKSTARTER?    

    Here’s where we need your help. After 2 years of small-scale production here locally, we have identified the resources, we have the people in place, we’ve built our shop, our website and our logistics chain. The only thing left is to jump into full production and take our product to the world….to you all! 

    Our goal of $25,000 will allow us to take a big step forward, but our stretch goal of $75,000 will allow us to go to a whole other level.  With the money we raise here on Kickstarter, we will be able to purchase the materials we need in bulk, upgrade our equipment to handle the heavy materials we work with, send our first full container to our warehouse in the U.S., grow our online presence as well as get our products into retail outlets….but more importantly we’ll be able impact more lives and see deeper transformation take place right here in our community. Join us in transforming lives and communities, and enjoy some coffee along the way!

DON BETO'S PRODUCTS ON DISPLAY AT THE COFFEE SHOP
DON BETO'S PRODUCTS ON DISPLAY AT THE COFFEE SHOP
                                           

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SHOP | OUR MISSION

                                               Our Products

Burlap apron made from upcycled coffee sack
Burlap apron made from upcycled coffee sack
Christmas ornaments made from upcycled coffee sacks
Christmas ornaments made from upcycled coffee sacks
          
Burlap planter made from upcycled coffee sack
Burlap planter made from upcycled coffee sack
Burlap firewood carrier made from upcycled coffee sack
Burlap firewood carrier made from upcycled coffee sack
          
Burlap throw pillows made from upcycled coffee sacks
Burlap throw pillows made from upcycled coffee sacks
    
Burlap cell phone carrier made from upcycled coffee sack
Burlap cell phone carrier made from upcycled coffee sack
Burlap wallet made from upcycled coffee sack
Burlap wallet made from upcycled coffee sack
Burlap messenger bag made from upcycled coffee sack
Burlap messenger bag made from upcycled coffee sack
Burlap purse made from upcycled coffee sack
Burlap purse made from upcycled coffee sack
Burlap shopping tote made from upcycled coffee sack
Burlap shopping tote made from upcycled coffee sack
Burlap purse made from upcycled coffee sack
Burlap purse made from upcycled coffee sack
Burlap purse made from upcycled coffee sack
Burlap purse made from upcycled coffee sack
Burlap men's shoes made from upcycled coffee sack
Burlap men's shoes made from upcycled coffee sack
Burlap women's shoes made from upcycled coffee sack
Burlap women's shoes made from upcycled coffee sack
Burlap women's sandals made from upcycled coffee sack
Burlap women's sandals made from upcycled coffee sack
 

Risks and challenges

Over the past year, we have been gradually building our inventory in the U.S. We have logistics established with a company in the Chicago area and have already worked through small-scale international logistics, which has allowed us to ship products to our US warehouse location and test online sales. Our website has been built and we tested functionality throughout 2015 with friends and family. We are ready to take it to the next level!

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    The Roast Your Own Option -
    Roasting coffee is like frying bacon - it simply tastes better when you've cooked it yourself! Don't be intimidated by coffee connoisseurs who have turned an art into a science. Coffee can be roasted in as many ways as popcorn can be popped. This option includes 8oz of our "green" unroasted coffee beans shipped to you, and we'll email you instructions on how to roast coffee on your stovetop, using everyday kitchen utensils. Roast. Grind. Brew. Enjoy. You'll never look at coffee the same again!

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    The We'll Roast it For You Option -
    After running a coffee shop for the past two years in Nicaragua, we've sampled every coffee imaginable in search of the best coffee possible for our customers. High elevation, shade-grown, first harvest, export grade, 100% arabica coffee. It will not disappoint. This option includes (1) 12oz bag of our coffee mailed to your doorstep. When you place your order here on Kickstarter, simply specify whole bean or ground. If you do not specify, we will send ground by default.
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    The Choose Your Wallet Option -
    Choose between any of the four wallet options found on our website - http://www.allthingscoffee.org/wallets
    When checking out here on Kickstarter, simply specify which wallet you prefer by the name found on our website. Choose between The Ana Clutch, The Maria Wallet, The Sara Wallet or the Elena Cell Carrier.
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    The Choose Your Bag Option -
    Choose one of five bag options found on our website - http://www.allthingscoffee.org/purses/?category=Bags
    When checking out here on Kickstarter, simply specify which bag you prefer by the name found on our website. Choose between The Jessica Tote, The Marjorie Carry-All, The Paula Purse, The Brandon Bag or the Braided Bag.
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    Burlap Shoes -
    This is where it all began for us! All Things Coffee started off of an idea to make a pair of shoes out of an upcycled burlap coffee sack. We contracted Don Beto Flores to make our very first pair, and we've made hundreds of pairs since then! Today, Don Beto continues making shoes in our shop. Order your pair and know they were hand made by Beto himself, a shoemaker with over 45 years experience!
    Choose one of the following:
    -Women's Flowered Sandals (US Sizes 6.5-9)
    -Women's Ballet (US Sizes 6.5-9)
    -Women's Classic Burlap Shoes (US Sizes 6.5-9)
    -Men's Boat Shoes (US Sizes 9-11.5)
    -Men's Slip-On Shoes (US Sizes 9-11.5)
    See photos and description on our website at http://www.allthingscoffee.org/shoes/
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    The Gardner Option -
    For all of you gardeners, this option includes four of our products that will add a burlap touch to your gardening arsenal! Products can be seen on our website -http://www.allthingscoffee.org/homedecor
    Includes (1) Ivan Firewood Carrier, (1) 5-gallon Burlap Planter Cover, (1) 1-gallon Burlap Planter Cover and (1) Burlap Sack. Also includes the Rewards from the Roast Your Own Option and the We'll Roast it For You Option!

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    5 12oz bags of roasted coffee
    This option is for those who want to purchase multiple bags of coffee in order to share it with friends or give as gifts. After running a coffee shop for the past two years in Nicaragua, we've sampled every coffee imaginable in search of the best coffee possible for our customers. High elevation, shade-grown, first harvest, export grade, 100% arabica coffee. It will not disappoint. This option includes (5) 12oz bags of our coffee mailed to your doorstep. When you place your order here on Kickstarter, simply specify whole bean or ground. If you do not specify, we will send ground by default.
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    The Choose Your Purse Option -
    Choose one of three purse options found on our website - http://www.allthingscoffee.org/purses/?category=Purses
    Choose between The Molly Bag, The Hannah Bag or the Alice Bag.
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    The Caffeinated Pack - Okay Coffee Lovers, this one's for you. This option includes (2) 12oz bags of Nicaraguan, high elevation, shade-grown, first harvest, export grade, 100% arabica coffee, as well as (2) Handmade Clay Coffee Mugs which can be seen on our website - http://www.allthingscoffee.org/coffee
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    The Bag Combo - (1) Bag, (1) Purse, (1) Wallet:

    Choose one of five bag options found on our website - http://www.allthingscoffee.org/purses/?category=Bags
    When checking out here on Kickstarter, simply specify which wallet you prefer by the name found on our website. Choose between The Jessica Tote, The Marjorie Carry-All, The Paula Purse, The Brandon Bag or the Braided Bag.

    Also, choose one of three purse options found on our website - http://www.allthingscoffee.org/purses/?category=Purses
    When checking out here on Kickstarter, simply specify which purse you prefer by the name found on our website. Choose between The Molly Bag, The Hannah Bag or the Alice Bag.

    Also, choose between any of the four wallet options found on our website - http://www.allthingscoffee.org/wallets
    When checking out here on Kickstarter, simply specify which wallet you prefer by the name found on our website. Choose between The Ana Clutch, The Maria Wallet, The Sara Wallet or the Elena Cell Carrier.

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    The Coffee Lamp -
    This very well may be the most unique lamp you'll ever come across. We find the thickest and gnarliest coffee tree we can get our hands on, and use the trunk of the tree to make the base of the lamp, and then we hand-make the lampshade and wrap the shade in a burlap coffee sack. The final product is a rustic, intricately handmade, artesanal table lamp that is pure "coffee" and a great conversation piece. See photos on our website - http://www.allthingscoffee.org/homedecor/coffee-lamp

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    The No Brainer -
    Includes all rewards from the Roast Your Own Option, The Gardner Option, The Caffeinated Pack Option, and The Bag Combo Option.
    **As a bonus for The No Brainer, we'll throw in a set of handmade coffee wood coasters, which can be seen on our website - http://www.allthingscoffee.org/homedecor/coffee-wood-coasters-burlap-holder
    **All Items can be seen on our website - www.allthingscoffee.org/shop
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    1-Year Supply of Coffee -

    Forget about having to buy coffee for the next 12 months. We'll send you the finest coffee we've come across in Nicaragua, a Country known for it's coffee industry, to your doorstep. This option includes (12) 12oz bags of freshly roasted coffee mailed to you each month for the next 12 months, allowing you to keep a fresh supply at home without having to add it to the grocery list each month! After running a coffee shop for the past two years in Nicaragua, we've sampled every coffee imaginable in search of the best coffee possible for our customers. High elevation, shade-grown, first harvest, export grade, 100% arabica coffee. It will not disappoint.
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    The Home Décor Set -
    Everything you need to add a touch of coffee to your home's décor:
    (1) Coffee Lamp
    (1) Coffee Wood Coaster Set w/ Trunk Holder
    (1) Coffee Wood Candle Set
    (1) Burlap Sack
    (1) Firewood Carrier
    (1) 5-gallon Burlap Planter Cover
    (1) 1-gallon Burlap Planter Cover
    (2) Handmade Clay Coffee Mugs
    All rewards can be seen on our website - http://www.allthingscoffee.org/homedecor

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    The Here Comes Santa Claus -
    Add our Christmas collection to your Holiday décor this season! This option includes:
    (3) Burlap Christmas Stockings
    (6) Burlap Tree Ornaments
    (1) Burlap Christmas Tree Skirt
    (2) Burlap Christmas throw pillows
    (1) Burlap Santa Sack
    (1) Set of 3 Burlap Mini-Christmas Trees
    (1) Burlap Owl Ornament
    (1) Burlap Star Ornament
    (1) Burlap Angel Ornament
    (1) Burlap Wreath

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    The Total Package -
    Includes all rewards from the Here Comes Santa, The Home Décor Set, and The Bag Combo Option.
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    *All Items can be seen on our website - www.allthingscoffee.org/shop
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    The Go Big or Go Home Package -
    Our biggest and most inclusive reward package. Only 10 available!
    -Includes all rewards from the Total Package.
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    -(1) Coffee Painting - One of our favorite discoveries as we've built our coffee company, was when we learned how to paint with coffee. We've contracted one of the best local artists available to put coffee onto canvas. We'll send you an original piece of this one-of-a-kind artwork with this reward.
    -(1) Clay Roof Tile painting - Here in Nicaragua, many homes still have their original clay roof tiles, which have proven to provide years of protection against the sun and rain. These antiques make perfect backdrops for a coffee painting. We'll send you a hand-painted clay tile with this reward.
    -(1) Pair of Handmade Burlap Shoes - Don Beto is first and foremost a shoemaker. If you've never worn a custom pair of handmade shoes, you're in for a treat. Trace the outline of your feet onto construction paper and mail it to us, and Beto will build the shoes around your exact foot size!
    *All Items can be seen on our website - www.allthingscoffee.org/shop
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    Nicaragua Coffee Tour -
    4-nights all-inclusive stay in Nicaragua. You'll enjoy a stay in a Coffee Hacienda bed and breakfast, visit a sustainable coffee farm, drink coffee on a volcano, visit a coffee museum, and tour active coffee plantations! In a Country where coffee is the #1 export, there's plenty to see!
    *Flights Not Included. You must purchase your own flights into Managua International Airport. Please communicate with us via email in order to arrange dates before booking.
    **Find out more about the bed and breakfast here: http://www.booking.com/hotel/ni/boutique-hacienda-san-pedro.html
    ***Find out more about the sustainable coffee farm here: http://www.selvanegra.com/

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    Trip to Nicaragua -
    5-nights all-inclusive stay in Nicaragua. Come visit the land of lakes and volcanoes! You'll stay at an exclusive 5-star resort and experience why we fell in love with this Country. Visit an active volcano, swim in a crater lagoon, tour coffee plantations, and meet some of the nicest people you'll ever have the pleasure of meeting. Come enjoy a coffee at Beto's Bistro, and meet Don Beto himself! As a bonus, Don Beto will hand-make you a pair of shoes custom-fit to your feet! Treat yourself to this unforgettable trip of a lifetime.
    *Flights Not Included. You must purchase your own flights into Managua International Airport. Please communicate with us via email in order to arrange dates before booking.
    **Find out more about the resort you'll stay at here: http://www.haciendapuertadelcielo.com/nicaragua-hotel-resort-ecolodge-spa-hacienda-puerta-del-cielo-ecolodge-spa-home.html

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